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P-47D Thunderbolt Horizontal Stabs and Elevators

Master Details 1/32 P-47D Thunderbolt Horizontal Stabs and Elevators First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2011 Manufacturer Master Details
Subject P-47D Thunderbolt Horizontal Stabs and Elevators Scale 1/32
Kit Number 32021 Pros Simple enhancement to Hasegawa kit
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Intermediate
MSRP (USD) $15.95    

First Look

According to the data from Master Details, this release is designed for the Hasegawa's 1/32 P-47D Thunderbolt releases. The kit provides the elevators molded in the neutral position on the horizontal stabilizers, but anyone that knows about tail-draggers, the elevators droop when the control lock is released in the cockpit.

P-47D

This set provides a drop-in replacement for the kit parts (that mount together the same way as the kit parts through the tail cone) and render the elevators and hinges so that you can pose your Thunderbolt in a more natural position. The only difference with using these parts versus the kit parts is that these are cast in resin and will require a cyano (Crazy Glue) type adhesive for installation/assembly. This isn't difficult, but I mark the skill level at Intermediate for those who don't have experience with cyano-type adhesives.

This is a nice enhancement for the Hasegawa kit and will make the final result look much more realistic. While you'll see the ailerons and rudder in neutral on the ground, you don't see elevators that way except when the aircraft is closed up.

My sincere thanks to Master Details (http://www.masterdetails.com) for this review sample!

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